Daily Bible Verse:              Hebrews 13:15

‘Let us continually offer to the Lord a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His Name.’

- We can choose to moan about everything or praise the Lord in all things.
- From our mouths should flow a constant stream of praise.
- Sometimes the praise ‘costs’ us, because things may be difficult…
- But keep on confessing His Name and bringing Him praise.

Prayer: Lord, I choose, regardless of my circumstances, to praise You and lift Your Name up high. May my mouth and my lips always bring praise and honour to You. Amen.


Daily Bible Verse: Hebrews 13:15
‘Let us continually offer to the Lord a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His Name.’


Daily Bible Verse: Hebrews 13:14
‘This world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.’

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February 15, 2019

COME HOME TO THE ARMS OF THE ONE WHO LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU!

I often wonder what would have happened if Adam and Eve had rushed out to meet the Lord when He arrived and fell at His feet in repentance? We will never know how things would have turned out had they not covered and hidden things, but we do know that because of what Christ did for us on the cross, we can 'come home' to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. In the story of the prodigal son we see things illustrated in great detail.

Luke 15:20 ‘So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.’

There is no need to cover anything and there is no need to run and hide. Run into His open arms with whatever it is that you may be carrying. He is ready and willing to receive and cover you and your issues. Notice the response:

1. While he was still on route, a long way off, his father saw him!

His father had been waiting and watching for this moment for years. The moment the father had longed for had finally arrived.

2. His father’s heart was FILLED with compassion.

Some translations say he was moved with compassion. The original Greek speaks of something taking place in the inward parts or even in the organs of the body. It speaks of a movement from the very seat of his affections. Gut-wrenching may be a better word to describe it.

3. He runs to his son.

For an old man to run is both difficult and undignified. But this father, a picture of out Heavenly Father, ran in this way to his son.

4. He threw his arms around him.

This was not a tender embrace. It was a forceful, involuntary and demonstrative action and would remove all doubt and debate.

5. He kissed him.

This became an intimate and uniquely personal moment between a son and his father. The Lord is waiting to do this for you. Come home!

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February 11, 2019

WHERE ARE YOU?

In the past when the Lord would come and meet them in the garden, they would be ready to meet Him. But this time they had run away and hid themselves. But the Lord, who knew exactly where they were, calls out and asks humanity one of the most important questions, Where are you? It's a question that we need to ask ourselves. Where are you when it comes to your relationship with God?

1. Are you covering things up?

Genesis 3:7 ‘Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.’

Trying to make things look better than they are never works with God. It may work on Facebook, but God sees through all our attempts at covering things up.

Proverbs 28:13 ‘He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.’

2. Are you hiding anything from God?

Genesis 3:9-10 The LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

We can never hide anything from God. He sees all, knows all and loves us all the same.

Hebrews 4:13 ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.’

So we see that it is a futile thing to cover up things or to try and hide. Where are you? Is there any aspect that needs to be brought into the light? Do you need to step out of the shadows and into His glorious light?

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February 8, 2019

THAT TIME – THE COOL OF THE DAY

Years ago there was a man that was well known to our family. He was a great man that God had used in our country. One day he told us that he had a certain quote written in the front of His diary. The quote simply said the following: 'There are just two days in my life, THIS day and THAT day!' He told us that he lived by this principle that there are only two days that really matter in our lives, today and that day when we will see the Lord. Life is compared to a day. It has a dawning or a birthing, it has a daytime period during the heat of the day and then it has an ending or a setting, usually flowing out of the cool of the day. When we are in the 'heat of the day' in our lives, it may feel like it will go on forever. The truth of the matter is that the 'cool of the day' can sometimes arrive quickly or unexpectedly.

Genesis 3:8 ‘Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…’

There are two things we can read into this phrase; ‘the cool of the day’.

1. God was very patient with them. He did not immediately deal with them, but he waited.

The Lord is very patient towards us.

2 Peter 3:9 ‘The Lord is not slow to fulfil His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.’

Sometimes we can see God as this figure waiting to dish out flashes of lightning to deal with us. The Lord's desire is that we would come to repentance before judgement is required.

James 2:13 ‘Mercy triumphs over judgment.’

2. The Lord did not abandon them, He still came to them.

Even though they had done wrong and God, being all-knowing, knew of the error of their ways, He still faithfully comes to them at exactly the same time in exactly the same way. We serve such a faithful Father and He is a Good, Good Father. In our situations, He does not abandon or leave us, but He comes to us.

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February 4, 2019

AVOIDING THE GREAT DIVIDE.

There is the possibility that this wonderful relationship that we were designed and created for can be hindered. When this relationship is damaged or broken it causes a divide to come between us and God. Adam and Eve had done what they were specifically told not to do and this changed the nature of the relationship.

Genesis 3:8 ‘So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.’

How often as humans when we do something wrong we want to run away and hide. You have heard of 'hit and run' accidents, when an accident occurs that the perpetrator rides off in the hope that they will escape the consequences of their actions. The great divide is sin. When sin comes into our hearts and lives it brings a separation between us and the Lord.

Isaiah 59:2 ‘But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.’

Iniquities, is the word that the Bible uses for sin or wrong-doing. Sin changes the dynamic. Remember that Adam and Eve were in relationship with the Lord. They were not strangers to God. But sin caused them to see themselves and God in a different light. As a result they chose to change their appearance (they covered themselves with leaves) and they chose to hide from God. In the process innocence was lost. Don't give sin a foothold in your life. Deal ruthlessly with sin and when it happens don't run and hide from God, but rather run towards Him. Be quick to confess, because He is ready to forgive.

1 John 1:9 ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’

Remember that nothing can be hidden from God. Let's live in such a way as to preserve and develop our relationship with Him and let us stay away from sin and its ability to bring a separation and a divide between us and our precious creator.

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February 1, 2019

WE NEED TO DEVELOP OUR SENSITIVITY TO HIS PRESENCE

We need to develop our sensitivity towards God. In the busyness of life, do we actually know when He is trying to get our attention or if He is present? In the story of Adam and Eve in the garden, there is a verse that speaks about this.

Genesis 3:8 ‘Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden…’

I have always loved this verse as it is something special. The Garden of Eden must have been a very large place and Adam and Eve could have wondered off in any direction. But there would come a time in the day when they would 'hear a certain sound'. They knew this sound so well, because it was the sound of the Lord God as He arrived on the scene for His regular walk with them. Most translations use the word 'sound' some use the word 'voice', but the original Hebrew indicates both 'sound' and 'voice'. Are we sensitive enough to hear and respond to His 'sound' in our lives? Or are we simply too busy and too consumed with the issues of life to know He is calling us into deeper relationship with Him? I desire that I would always be ready to hear His 'sound' or His 'voice' as He calls out to me to know Him more dearly and to love Him more deeply. It is almost as if we have to 'tune in' to get rid of the noise and discern that He is calling to us. Sometimes we are listening to so many voices that it is difficult to discern His 'sound' above the din. Remember He has designed you for relationship with Him and He is calling out to you. He comes to different people in different ways. He comes to us if we are saints and He comes to us if we are sinners. Let us be determined that we want more relationship with Him and we will develop our sensitivity to His presence in our lives. Let this be a quality choice and a determined purpose.

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January 28, 2019

Where are you today with God? Have you ever actually given your life and heart to Him? Is He YOUR Saviour and YOUR God? Perhaps you have loved and served God for years.....But are you where you should be with Him? Do you enjoy the relationship you used to know? Do you enjoy the relationship with Him that you long for? Is there anything in the way that could be blocking your relationship with Him? Is there anything that you are hiding from Him? Where are you when it comes to God today?

SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 2:15 – 3:10

RELATIONSHIP – GOD’S ORIGINAL DESIGN.

Genesis 3:8 ‘Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…’

Relationship was God's plan and intention for His creation. He would come in the cool of the day and walk with Adam and Eve and talk with them. I love the picture of walking with someone in the cool of the day... It is not a picture of a race track, or a quick appointment. It is a picture of uninterrupted, relaxed interaction. God had even created the environment in which they would walk and it was a magnificent garden. So the Lord creates the environment and the opportunity for fellowship with Him. His ultimate aim with everything He does is relationship and the restoration of relationship. Even when He sent His Son, Jesus, it was a deliberate attempt to bring humanity back into relationship with Himself. Relationship is a priority to God. The question we have to ask ourselves is; is relationship a priority with us, and especially when it comes to our relationship with God? It was a priority for the Creator of The Universe to make time and purposefully connect with mankind in a focused and suitable environment. It is still a priority for the Creator of The Universe to meet and interact with each one of us. Relationship with you is what is on God's heart.

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August 1, 2017

Faith in God is a vital aspect of our Christian walk. The truth is that we all put our faith in something. The question is where should our faith be placed and do we actually live our lives with faith in God? I believe that the Lord is calling us back to a life of ‘faith in God’!

Jude 1:20 -21 ‘But you, beloved, keep building yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.’

Our faith in God is something very special; in fact, the Bible calls it ‘HOLY’. We are instructed to build up ourselves in our faith. Our faith should be a focus point in our lives.

The question we should ask ourselves is: ‘How much faith does take to live your kind of Christian life?’

What do you place your faith in?

I believe that God is calling us back to a new level of faith in Him. I want to see a new wave of faith taking root in the lives of believers. A faith that will cause us to trust the Lord for the fulfilment of His promises and that we would see wonderful things happen. A faith in God that would replace all the other things we may have placed our faith in.


Here are some things we can place our faith in:

1. FAITH IN THE PAST

We call this traditionalism.

1 Peter 1:18 ‘Since you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain manner of life received by tradition from your fathers.’

Sometimes we think that we can put our faith in the way things have always been done. Perhaps we believe if we just do what our fathers did we will be ok. The Bible calls this a ‘vain manner of life’. We should not place our faith in the past. The past is no guarantee of the future.

2. FAITH IN THINGS

We call this materialism.

The world places a very heavy emphasis on this aspect. Years ago a popular singer sang and song that focussed on this aspect. The words of the song went like this: ‘Losing everything, is like the sun going down on me!’

Proverbs 11:18 ‘Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last.’

Things may give us a lift for a moment, but that soon fades. I remember one occasion in my life when I was fortunate enough to by a new car. It was the first time this had happened and the smell was wonderful and I felt like a million dollars as I drove out of the showroom. I didn’t want anyone to eat or drink anything in the car, in case they spilt something. But very soon the wonder of the new car faded and it simply became my means of transport.

Faith in things, or materialism, is some that is fickle and passing. But faith on God brings a reward to the godly that will last.

3. FAITH IN POSITION

This is called influencialism.


This occurs because we believe that because of the position we hold to, will be able to influence any situation to our benefit. For this reason many people clamour for positions and they are convinced that when they get there, their problems will be over. Or we can believe that our connection to powerful and influential people will provide the answer we have been hoping for.

Psalm 146:3 ‘Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.’ (New Living Translation)

This scripture is sobering.

4. FAITH IN RELIGION

Sometimes our faith can be more religion than relationship with God. We then put our faith in religion.


We call this phariseism.

Luke 18:9 ‘Jesus also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves, thinking they were righteous, but who looked down on everyone else…’

Faith in religion brings death, but faith in God brings life.

5. FAITH IN MAN

We call this humanism.

Jeremiah 17:5 This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.’

This kind of faith has taken the world by storm. Humanity becomes its own god and it thinks it is the solution to every issue and problem.

6. FAITH IN REASON

We call this rationalism.

Proverbs 3:5 ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…’

Our own understanding or the understanding within the human race, is not something that can be depended on and it is not something we can put our faith in. The Bible makes it very clear: ‘lean not on your own understanding’. The Bible also makes it very clear what we should do: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart…’ That is where our faith should actually rest.

Faith In God Opens The Door To Possibilities

Faith sweeps the believer out of the every-day, normal run-of-the-mill type of life into the supernatural!

Jesus said, “WITH GOD all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

He also said “all things are possible TO HIM WHO BELIEVES”

Mark 9:23 Jesus said. ‘Everything is possible for one who believes.’

This means that through faith, all that is possible to God becomes equally possible to us. Praise the Lord!

What is faith actually?

In English we have two words: a noun, FAITH; a verb, TO BELIEVE. In Greek we have “pistis”, FAITH and “pisteuo”, TO BELIEVE, both words having the same root “pist”. Therefore to have faith is to believe.

The Greek words formed from this root occur almost 600 times in the New Testament. This many occurrences of this word obviously represent a theme that is central to the message of the Bible. To have faith in God is to believe in God. It means we do not have faith in all these other things, but we believe in the in God and His ability, power and final authority.

 

FAITH DEFINED:

Hebrews 11:1 says, ‘Now faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE (conviction) of things not seen.’

‘SUBSTANCE’ literally means, ‘that which stands under or provides the basis for’. For example, a title deed is the substance of ownership, it proves ownership. “EVIDENCE” is like a bank guaranteed cheque! - A proof of things not seen; a proof that there is cash in the bank. In other words faith relates us to the invisible world – the world of the unseen.

Hebrews 11:3 ‘By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.’

Hebrews 11:27 ‘It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king's anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

Our faith can grow

The Bible tells us that we have each received a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3 ‘God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.’

The Bible tells us that our faith can grow.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 ‘We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.’

1. LITTLE FAITH

Luke 12:28 ‘If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you--you of little faith!’

 

2. GREAT FAITH

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.’

 

3. FULL OF FAITH

Acts 6:5 ‘They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.’

Our faith increases as we feed on the FOOD OF FAITH, which is Word of God.

Romans 10:17 ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’

The Bible also says that we can grow “from faith to faith”

Romans 1:17 ‘For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.’

God’s ultimate plan for us is that we should live the LIFE OF FAITH. Through meditation on God’s Word our faith will grow. Meditate!

We are called to live a life of faith

Faith is like an adventure or a trip in which we move from point “A” to point “B”. At point “A” we exercise our faith, possible by way of praying the “prayer of faith”. Our problem comes as we endeavour to move from that prayer of faith to point “B”, the answer to the prayer. How does one bridge this gap? Well, the Bible is very clear on this point in that it clearly states that we must add to our faith “ENDURANCE”.

Hebrews 6:12 ‘…follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and endurance.’ (New Living Translation)

In other words once we have prayed the prayer of faith we must NOT give up on expecting the answer to be forthcoming. Jesus is more interested in our faith lives than most of us realize. Part of His current ministry is to assist us to move on to mature faith.

Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus is the “AUTHOR and the FINISHER of our faith”

Imagine being personally taught by Jesus? “Looking unto Jesus” is therefore the key to experiencing the “finishing of our faith”. Jesus, through His Word is the One who takes us from point “A” to point “B”. God’s ultimate plan for us is that we should live a life of faith. Six centuries before Christ the prophet Habakkuk said, “The righteous shall LIVE BY FAITH”. (This is one of the two occurrences of the word “faith” in the Old Testament). This statement of the prophet is quoted three times in the New Testament, in Romans 1:17, in Galatians 3:11 and in Hebrews 10:38. It calls on us to cover every area of our living with faith. Let us live a life of faith!

June 27, 2017

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June 20, 2017

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